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Shining Sea

27 July 2014

Day Trip Report

The plan was for a casual visit with a friend during his vacation in Cape Cod, combined with a bicycle ride. It turned into a day full of scenic sites, delicious food, & great company.

I boarded the Cape Flyer train at 08:00 from Boston South Station, arriving Buzzards Bay at 09:20. I purchased tickets while on the train using MBTA mTicket app for $20.00.

The area near Falmouth is famous for the Shining Sea Bikeway, named for a line in the song America The Beautiful, written by Falmouth native Katharine Lee Bates. It follows the original route of the New York, New Haven, & Hartford Railroad that used to run from Buzzards Bay, through North and West Falmouth, around Woods Hole and into Falmouth Station.


Location: 41.533835°N, 70.642635°W

It helps that the train has an entire car dedicated for bicycles:

There are many other sites to visit along the way, starting right at elevator bridge from Buzzards Bay training station over Cape Cod Canal:


Location: 41.743302°N, 70.613030°W

From there, I traveled fast on the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway with strong tail wind:


Location: 41.765020°N, 70.569443°W

Once I crossed the Canal into Sandwich, the roads got very busy with very little scenery. No wonder I did not take any pictures along the way. I was simply trying to stay upright & avoid the car traffic.

I arrived the coast just outside Hyenas to the west. Cape style houses were immediately visibly along the route with neatly cut lawn, low rise, small structure, gray sides, & ocean views:


Location: 41.550472°N, 70.552122°W

With plenty of opportunities for beach access:


Location: 41.545125°N, 70.582888°W

Weather forecast was for thunderstorms & rain all day. Yet, somehow, I lucked out with sun & cool weather until mid afternoon:


Location: 41.542732°N, 70.601755°W

I was taking a brief afternoon nap by the time it started raining. It stopped soon for the second part of the tour, starting a snack at The Clam Shack:


Location: 41.543798°N, 70.606935°W

We went through the town center of Falmouth with many small shops & eateries. Just outside the town, we stopped at Spohr Gardens to find many nautical treasures:


Location: 41.542617°N, 70.640640°W

Flowers, trails, & rock art:


Location: 41.542723°N, 70.640810°W

We pick up the southern part of the Shining Sea Bikeway & coastal roads:

Making our way to Nobska Lighthouse:


Location: 41.515638°N, 70.655220°W

I could not have passed this ride without stop at a bakery. Pie in the Sky was the best choice:


Location: 41.523453°N, 70.668730°W

Resources

  • Record of the entire route from GPS device. You can view map or download copy of it for your device in multiple formats such as GPX, TCX, & KML for Google Earth.
  • Adjustments:
    • Take the same route in reverse, counterclockwise, starting in Buzzards Bay returning on the train from Hyenas. This will capture most of the scenery & beach stops. It will also avoid the busy plain roads between Sandwich & Hyenas.
    • Add a stop at The Knob near Woods Hole.

Variations

  • Cape Cod National Seashore: family trip with my son taking ferry from Boston to Provincetown, staying in Truro hostel, & visiting many nearby beaches.
  • Cape Cod & Martha’s Vineyard: family trip from Boston on ferry to Provincetown, bakeries, beaches, rail trail, & Jaws bridge.
  • Hyannis–Provincetown: one day leisurely tour: train, ferry, bicycle path, farmers’ market, salt water taffy, ice cream, bakeries, lighthouses, & many beaches to dip in.
  • Family tour of Upper Cape, mostly around Woods Hole with a short trip to Martha’s Vineyard.
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